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Facebook Fixes: Who can send you messages

December 23, 2012
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photoFacebook is busy pushing lots of new code this weekend. Saw this pop-up this morning when I went to send a message to a friend.

It looks to be part of the latest iteration of messages which Facebook is piloting – Allowing someone who is not a friend to send you a message if they pay $1.

In the past, you were able to set your visibility for messages to Friends only. The new choices do not allow you to “hide” from the world.  Instead, you have the option to send the mail to one of two boxes “Inbox” and “Other”.  I foresee a lot of spam similar to what I get in my regular email box. You know those urgent emails from Nigeria saying you won $1,000,000,000,000 in the lotto and all you need to do is send a small amount of money to get it. Or the 80% off Canadian Viagra.

I like the button at the end of the message from Facebook: “Okay, I understand”.  It would be better if it said: “I understand and I do not want this.”

You’ll be given the option of selecting the level of filtering of messages based on the sender:

Basic Filtering
If you select Basic Filtering, you’ll see mostly messages from friends and people you may know (for example, friends of friends) in your Inbox. People who had the previous setting set to “friends of friends” or “everyone” will have Basic Filtering on.

Strict Filtering
If you select Strict Filtering, you’ll see mostly messages from friends in your Inbox. People who had the previous setting set to “friends” will have “Strict Filtering” on.

You can read more here on Facebook: http://newsroom.fb.com/News/558/Update-to-Messaging-and-a-Test

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